Sports Ticket: Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup Stats, Prediction, Preview | Live Match Online
The Reds are the reigning champions of the English top flight, and are determined to repeat the feat this time around as well. Currently they are placed at the top of the table too. Meanwhile, counterparts Smith’s men usually have been contenders to finish in the bottom half of the table. On top of that, over the years, Klopp’s men have also had a great h2h record against this rival, and to further pile on, they are desperate to settle scores after the loss they experienced at hands of this same opponent earlier in the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Lions were also winless in seven of their former eleven overall fixtures, and they remained so in five of their past seven appearances at home. As such, expect Liverpool to win at least one of the halves. However, note that the defense of the Reds have not been that top-notch lately, and they also have a worrying defensive record against this opponent in recent times – and especially so at this stadium. For the reasons, expect goals to come from both teams this weekend, and in plenty as well.
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The Reds have a score to settle. Earlier in the season, they were defeated by this same opponent in the league, by a massive 7-2 scorecard. And ever since Jurgen Klopp’s men have not resembled the juggernauts they were in the previous year. They are still at the top of the table, but have played an extra game, and arch-rivals Manchester United are level on points.
On top of that, the defending EPL champions are also winless in their last three league encounters. Suffice it to say that the EPL title-holders will be desperate to get back at the Lions. Meanwhile, Dean Smith’s men have had a roller-coaster of a season so far.
They were at the top of the table once, and looked like there were a contender to finish in the top-three. However, since then they have regressed, and now are placed eighth in the table. Still, they have troubled almost all of the titans in the English top flight, and with this being a single-legged knockout fixture, they do have a chance against the titans. As such, the expectation is that goals to come from both sides of the pitch from these two impressive teams.
As mentioned, a coronavirus outbreak in the first-team squad means that Villa will have to name a team of youngsters, with Under-23 boss Mark Delaney scheduled to replace Smith in the dugout. Jacob Ramsey, Tom Heaton, Conor Hourihane, Marvelous Nakamba, Neil Taylor and Kortney Hause were all expected to start, but it will now be an unfamiliar side for the hosts.
BirminghamLive journalist Ashley Preece put together a potential XI on Friday morning, with former Barcelona youngster Louie Barry being tipped to start. As for Liverpool, Klopp is expected to make wholesale changes from the clash with Southampton, meaning that a new goalkeeper and new back four, potentially including James Milner, should take to the field.
Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could both keep their spots following spells on the sidelines, though, with Klopp likely to be keen to get minutes in their legs at this stage of the season. Curtis Jones should also come into the starting side, while there could be three changes in attack with Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino all in line for starts at Villa Park. Konstantinos Tsimikas, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are all still injured for the Reds.
Series: FA Cup 2020-21
Match: Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Date: Friday, 8 January 2021
Venue: Villa Park
Time: 19:45UK/ 20:45 CET / 00:45 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- Six of the preceding seven clashes had three or more goals. In fact, the past six games alone had 30 goals in between them.
- The Lions had won four of the preceding nine encounters.
- At this venue, the hosts have scored a total of 12 goals from the former two fixtures alone.
- However, the guests had registered 13 of the past 17 wins at this stadium.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Aston Villa: Marschall; Kesler, D.Reven, Bridge, Chrisene; Sylla, H.Sohna, Raikhy; Tait, Young, Barry
Liverpool: Kelleher; N Williams, R Williams, Phillips, Milner; Jones, Thiago; Oxlade-Chamberlain; Minamino, Origi, Shaqiri
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